Professional Line Sitters Make Up to $35 an Hour — And This Is Their Busiest Time of the Year


#TIA – This explains all those standing in line outside Best Buy on Thanksgiving Day. They had been hired to hold places for Black Friday.

This Black Friday, turn off your 4 a.m. alarm and leave your folding chair at home. You don’t need to spend hours waiting in line in order to score great deals — you can pay someone to do it for you.

One of the nation’s newest side hustles is line sitting, and the concept is genius in its simplicity. People hire professionals to wait in line for them — for Broadway tickets, iPhone drops, hard-to-score restaurant reservations — and then switch spots once the sitter reaches the front.

That’s it. The pro gets easy cash; the person doing the hiring saves time — and gets quick access. Aspiring sitters, take note: Owners of line-sitting businesses tell MONEY that job opportunities may be picking up as the holidays approach.

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